The best EDM in Denver this weekend
A Canadian duo made up of Corin Roddick and Megan James, Purity Ring has made a name for itself with syncopated rhythms and dreamy, pop-oriented soundscapes. James, who designs and stitches the clothes that the pair wear on stage, lays down the vocals, while Roddick's production precision gives the act's tracks the skeleton that supports and uplifts the group's sets. Drenched in the influence of hip-hop's and thick with emotion and soul, the music of Purity Ring is a thing of sophisticated beauty. Don't miss Purity Ring's DJ set this Saturday with Giraffage, Krooked Drivers and Vinnie Maniscalco.
With a gaggle of features on cuts from some of the biggest names in dubstep and trap, Protohype knows how to send a club into a frenzy of slow churning swag. It's hard to play a set of just trap and expect a club like Beta to take it all in, which is why Protohype offers up a platter of drum and bass, trap and dubstep. Keep an ear out for the Paper Diamond/Protohype banger "Paperhype."
If you need to get a party started, you could do a lot worse than DJ Dan. Since the early years of the L.A. rave scene, more than two decades ago, Dan has been a force behind the decks and in the studio. He's remixed everyone from crossover acts like Depeche Mode to dance-music royalty such as Carl Cox while producing hits of his own, including "Needle Damage." His DJ sets start on a foundation of funky, ass-shaking house, but he's not afraid to spice things up with some breakbeats, a splash of techno or a monster electro banger. His sound is upbeat, fun and accessible, just right for letting go and forgetting your troubles on a sweaty, packed dance floor. Over his career, Dan has picked up a slew of awards that include a top-ten nod in the house DJ category from BPM magazine and breaking the top 25 of DJ magazine's top DJs in the world.
Arise Music Festival and Sonic Bloom present yet another packed line-up of Denver's best dance acts, as well as OTT (who could easily pack out the place on his own). With Project Aspect (fresh off tour with Up Until Now and a few stops with STS9,) Octopus Nebula, Future Simple Project and a handful of choice picks from Denver's exploding EDM scene, this collaborative effort from two of Colorado's most innovative festival producers will not disappoint.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20
Bones, Tropicool and Sam Warren are at Bar Standard for Denver Disco's Holiday Takeover (9 p.m., 21+, $3-$10 )
DJ Gonzo, DJ Tatiana, Kachondo and Guz are at Vinyl for Posada Party! (9 p.m., $18+, $5-$20)
DJ DSM, Beat Bud-E, Marqo and Will Hamm are at the Church for Red & White Xmas Party (9 p.m., 18+, $5-$20)
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21
Bones & Tropicool are at NORAD (9 p.m., 21+, no cover before 11, then $5)
Borgeous, Bare, Mayhem, Vinnie Maniscalco, Treyy G and Decadon are at City Hall for Parade of Lasers (7 p.m., 16+, $20-$25)
Mode, DJ Trouble and Savage are at Vinyl for Winter Solstice Party (9 p.m., 18+, $5-$20)
Deejay Herremix, DJ Cesar and DJ Javi are at the Church for Noches En La Catedral (9 p.m., 18+, $5-$20)
Souls In Action is hosting its holiday party with Milkman, Turner Jackson, Digital Connection, Casual Commander and Azon at Larimer Lounge (9 p.m., 18+, $10-$15)
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